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  1. Default Hi Guys...

    Just a quickie.

    Does an Canon XL1 support 16:9?


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    It's not a yes or no answer. It's sensor does not support a native 16:9 aspect ratio, however there is an anamorphic widescreen mode in the camera. Which I have heard is a little soft on the edges. A lot of XL1 users would shoot in 4:3 mode and crop the image in post to get the 16:9/widescreen.

    Hope this helps.

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    Thanks for the reply,

    By converting in the edit, will the quality be degraded though?

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    Any rendering is a potential quality loss. If you look for XL1 samples on YouTube you can judge for your self if you think the quality is still ok for you as this is often a subjective as well as an objective thing.

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    I think the best thing to do is to push the boat out a little further and just buy a Canon XL2... I believe it supports 16:9 without having to mess around...

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    Good call if you can afford it. Remember it's not a HD camera if that's important to you.
    Last edited by Midnight Blue; 05-03-2011 at 07:00 PM.

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    Don't suppose you know where I can find a decent one?

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    Sorry buddy, you'll have to do the leg work on that. Is there a reason you don't want a HD camera.

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    I am only going to be shooting the odd Wedding video here and there.
    Should they want it in HD then I will hire a camera from a company that will do one at a great price for me as I look after their IT for them.

    I personally think that HD is too much for a wedding as it shows up far too many imperfections.

    Whats your opinion?

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    Forgot to mention that I cannot afford a good quality HD camera at the mo... :(

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